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good morning, i'm willie geist and this is "way too early," the show that uses simple, obvious p.i.n. codes to make hacking more convenient for british tabloid newspapers. i'm glad you're up this morning, watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an email or do what robinson cano does, and text the word "awake" followed by a response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this tuesday, july 12th. a lot to tell you about today, including new fears overseas that the euro could be in danger of collapsing as the debt crisis now spreads from greece to italy. we'll check the markets in just a minute. plus there were no major league games last night. so the minors stepped up for us. with a major-league caliber brawl. look at this one.
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spilling into the outfield, you no it's a good one. we'll have the blow by blow from the kids ahead in sports. first, let's get to the news, live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city, and some breaking news just in. afghan officials confirm that president hamid karzai's half-brother was shot and killed today. at his home in the southern province of kandahar. ahmed walid karzai was head of the local provincial council, while defended by the president, ahmed had become a symbol for corruption within the administration after a series of allegations including that he was on the c.i.a. payroll and involved in drug trafficking. according to a witness, karzai was killed by a member of his own security team. president karzai spoke at a news conference in kabul moments ago, saying his brother's death reflects the suffering of all afghan people. we'll have more on that throughout the morning. back here at home, with just weeks to go before the august
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2nd deadline, congressional leaders heading back to the white house today, for yet another meeting to try to reach a deal on raising the country's debt ceiling. officials familiar with the negotiations say majority leader, eric cantor dominated yesterday's meeting. cantor laid out what was greed upon in the deficit reduction talks led by vice president biden. specifically the $2 trillion in cuts over the next decade, not the $4 trillion that president obama proposed. the figure includes around $1 froin in discretionary spending, $200 billion in medicare and medicaid, and roughly $200 billion to $300 billion in saved interest. sources familiar with the talks say after the presentation, president obama said the two sides might be able to reach consensus on about $1.7 trillion. but there's still a number of issues to resolve. at one point, republicans called tax increases bad for jobs. officials also say vice president biden exclaimed at one
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point, come on, man, let's get real. arguing the gop's resistance is not economic, but rather ideological. with the talks still in limbo, president obama held a news conference before yesterday's meeting, saying he still pushing for the largest deal possible. but he made it clear, he would veto any short-term fix, saying we will get this done by august 2nd. >> i will not sign a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day extension. that is just not an acceptable approach. it's not going to get easier, it's going to get harder. so we might as well do it now. pull off the band-aid. eat our peas. now is the time to do it. if not now, when? let's step up. let's do it. i'm prepared to do it. i'm prepared to take on significant heat from my party to get something done. and i expect the other side
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should be willing to do the same thing. >> the president speaking about republicans say they are not compromising. he says it's the only way they'll be able to reach a deal will be by compromising. >> i do not see a path to a deal if they don't budge, period. i mean, if the basic proposition is it's my way or the highway, then we're probably not going to get something done. because we've got divided government. the leaders in the room here at a certain point have to step up and do the right thing. regardless of the voices in our respective parties that are trying to undermine that effort. >> a couple of hours after that presidential press conference, house speaker john boehner responded, saying he understands a deal requiring sacrifice, but it takes two to tango. >> i think the fundamental questions are this -- can you control government spending without fundamentally reforming entitlements. i think the answer is no.
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do you need to raise taxes in order to get control of spending? i think the answer is no. if you want to see an increase in government revenues, then let's grow the economy and create jobs, broaden the tax base, and lower rates. >> when the debt talks finished yesterday, minority leader nancy pelosi said democrats remain committed to a balanced, bipartisan agreement. in a statement, pelosi said, we continue to oppose benefit cuts in social security and medicare. these pillars of economic and health security should not be used as a piggy bank to subsidize tax cuts for the wealthy. and therein lies the problem for president obama. on the one hand, speaking to the republicans yesterday, but also to his friends in the democratic party, suggesting they, too, need to compromise. some other news, the circus surrounding rupert murdoch's media empire is growing today, amid new accusations of hacking at another murdoch-owned publication. possible victims now include former british prime minister, gordon brown, and members of the
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royal family. as nbc's stephanie gosk reports, the scandal is now threatening the newscorp. chairman's other business ventures. >> reporter: rupert murdoch rushed to london, hoping to minimize the damage to his media empire. but it's looking more and more like there is little he can do. allegations reportsed in the british press, a claim that one of the officers protecting the royals sold a list of the family's phone numbers to the "news of the world." and a source close to former prime minister gordon brown, alleges that the sunday "times," another murdoch newspaper, illegally pursued brown's financial and medical information. >> there is an element about all this that is personal, gordon brown, for example, was very bitter that rupert murdoch didn't back him in the election. he seems to be having his revenge. >> reporter: closing down the "news of the world" firing
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employees and apologizing was in the enough to contain a scandal that's affecting newscorp's business. deputy prime minister nick clegg met with the family of milly doweler, the 13-year-old abducted and murdered in 2002, whose cell phone was allegedly hacked by reporters from "news of the world. "after the meeting, clegg publicly urged murdoch to back offer the proposed deal. >> i would simply say to him, look how people feel about this. look how the country has reacted with revulsion to the revelations. so do the decent and sensible thing and reconsider. >> reporter: there was a time when politicians were afraid to speak out against the tabloid press. relying too heavily on their political support and fearing retribution in the headlines. with murdoch on the ropes, the silence has been broken. >> nbc's stephanie gosk reporting there. a spokesperson for news corp. says this morning that the company is investigating the
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gordon brown allegations. "the new york times" also reporting that several high-ranking officers at scotland yard, who were part of the original investigation into "news of the world" were themselves victims of hacking. the allegations raising new questions about their handling of the case, and whether or not they feared reprisals from the paper. those officers will appear at a hearing on that today. and that's expected that the tabloid controversy is weighing heavily on shares of news corp. publisher of the sunday "times" and the now-shuttered "news of the world. "let's get all up in your business this morning. cnbc's lisa bojesen is live in london. >> you mentioned the pressure on news corp. shares we saw them closing lower by something like 7.5%. this morning continued pressure on b sky b shares with the stock down by as much as 5% early on. we saw late yesterday that murdoch made the bid, the potential bid that he's trying to push through for b sky b.
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a little more political, by putting it into the hands of the politicians here who in turn are putting it forward to a longer-term commission hearing that will take place or investigation taking place into whether or not the competition elements of it would actually allow it to go through. >> we'll keep watching that story. the bigger problem overseas, the one on the front pages of all the newspapers today, the "financial times," markets rocked as debt crisis deepens. "the wall street journal," italy fears jolt markets. what's going on with italy? that's one of the countries i don't think a lot of people had on their radar as having such deep financial problems. >> there are a couple of important things to understand. one is that italy is the third-largest economy in europe. it goes germany, france and then italy. it's also important to understand that there's a debts-to-gdp ratio of around 120% and italy holds around 25% of europe's entire outstanding debt. so it is hugely important. and if the fears of contagion spread to italy and hence
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potentially freeze up the banking sector again you could have huge implications for the rest of europe. and there are also nervousness in the market about whether or not the italian banks have enough cash on their balance sheets. we've seen quite a big turn-around in the market. many stocks opening lower by as much as 5% to 10% and now trading in positive territory after the finance minister, the economy minister is heading back to rome from brussels and will be looking at the austerity measures and pushing them through. >> we know yesterday the dow down 151 points, the biggest drop in over a month. thanks so much for bringing us up to speed, we appreciate it. else where, hundreds of syrian government protesters stormed the u.s. and french embassies in damascus, the protesters smashing windows and spray-painting walls with obscenities aimed at the american ambassador. guards at the french embassy fired into the air to ward off the demonstrators there. some warning shots. the violence and tension follow as visit by the american and
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french ambassadors to the city of hama, stronghold of opposition to the president. during a joint press conference at the state department, secretary of state hillary clinton warned assad about inciting future attacks. >> president assad is not indispensable. and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power. our goal is to see that the will of the syrian people for a democratic transformation occurs. from our perspective, he has lost legitimacy. he has failed to deliver on the promises he's made. he has sought and accepted aid from the iranians as to how to repress his own people. and there's a laundry list of actions that have been certainly concerning. >> syrian/american relations have been mired in mutual
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mistrust for years. the u.s. says it will seek compensation from syria for the damage to the embassy. still ahead here on "way too early," an exciting home run derby last night in phoenix. but a scary moment when a fan almost goes over the railing. especially in light of the death of a texas rangers fan in a similar incident last week. we'll show you what happened there. plus, suffocating heat today across the country. what do you see some of the numbers headed your way. a lot of triple digits. we'll check weather, when we come back. however long it took, however intense the pressure, however criticized the process, the moment was historic. >> i looked for the best vice president and i found her in gerry ferrero.
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welcome back to "way too early," it's 5:46 in the morning. it's going to be steamy hot right there at the united states capit capitol. and across the country. let's get a check on your weather now from nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, it's quite a map you got there behind you. >> this is right now. it feels like 101 right now in louisville. come on, i mean that's 5:00 a.m. in the morning. yeah, it's, this is easily the hottest morning we've had around the country. and it's humid. that's the big difference, we've been hot already this summer. but everyone has very high humidity levels and that's what makes it uncomfortable out there. that's what makes you almost sweat instandly if you're moving outside without ac. louisville is the highest spot in the country by far. but right behind them is st. louis. it's not much cooler in areas like new york and d.c. down through the carolinas. this is the forecast highs for
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today, this doesn't take into account the humidity levels and the heat index. this is just the plain old temperature. a lot of areas around 95 to 100. pretty much everywhere east of the mississippi river. when we add in the humidity, that's when it gets dangerous with the heat index. especially during the middle of the day. as far as the big cities go in the east, about 95 to 100, d.c., you have a chance at 100 today. raleigh, you should be right around 100, same with your friends down in charlotte. as far as thunderstorms go, you'll be lucky to get thunderstorms. they will actually cool you off. we'll watch those around the gulf and kansas city. the good news for areas in the big cities of the east, this is a one-day event. tomorrow much better, a lot of the rest of the country is not so lucky. >> a good day for air conditioning, i'd say, bill. >> crank it. time for sports now, we begin with the home run derby last night in phoenix. ahead of tonight's major league baseball all-star game. boston's adrian gonzales gets things started. blasting the first home run of the event. he nine in the first round.
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matt halladay, representing st. louis in the national league. he hit five. a lot of people waiting to see how baseball's current home run leader, jose bautista would do. never found his groove, only four home runs. the derby also featuring some family. watch the play by the kid in the outfield. i swear, that's coming, actually that's robinson's cano's dad, he's going to tip his hat to the play the kid made in the outfield. you have to trust me on these things, folks, it was an amazing catch by a young kid. he had a beautiful dream to play center field in the major leagues, made a diving catch in the outfield and you saw robinson cano's dad tipping his hat. david ortiz, adrian gonzales, robinson cano and prince fielder. advancing. round two now, robinson cano getting some nice pitching from his dad. he finished the round with 20 home runs. robinson cano, one of the little engines that could out of those new york yankees. adrian gonzales's turn, hits one
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deep to right field. he also ended the round with 20. prince fielder, 474 feet. fielder and ortiz, finished with only nine home runs, not enough to advance. that sets the stage for a red sox/yankees final. adrian gonzales puts it into the pool. nice shot. nice catch and nice dive into the pool. he had 12 in the final round. ending with 3. but it was cano putting on the show. he crushes this one to tie it up. and then he hit four outs remaining. that wins the whole thing for him. robinson cano wins the home run derby. beating the mighty, mighty red sox. look at that little kid, just happy to be there. 32 home runs. it was a scary moment during the second round. take a look at this, a fan in the center field stands going up and over the rail, trying to reach for a prince fielder home run. his friends grab his legs.
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keeping him from going over. this happened the same day a funeral was held for a texas fan who died when he fell over the rail, reaching for a ball for his son. a terrible story in texas. thank god it ended a little bit better there in phoenix last night. other news from baseball, remember this guy from a few days ago, christian lopez, the fan who caught derek jeter's 3,000th home run ball. he could have made a boatload of cash. instead he gave the ball back to jeter. well, no good deed goes unpunished. "the new york times" is reporting this morning that lopez may owe taxes on the tickets. how much? the irs could hit him for as much as $14,000. remember, he got four tickets to every game, every series for the rest of the year. jeter, chip in the $14,000. several players ejected from a minor league game, the spokane indians hosting the vancouver
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rangers monday afternoon. one player apparently bumped into another. the two start swinging, there you go. teams join in, it spills into shallow right field, that's always a good sign. nobody was injured. but several players say, they're going to face big suspensions because of the fight. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," president obama hosting another white house meeting today. as both republicans and democrats keep their heels firmly dug in. so which side will blink first? we'll knock it around with our crew. and when we come back we'll huddle up around the water cooler. just listen for one second here. herman kane. this is herman kane's gospel voice. ♪ ♪ alone there's been a 67% spike in companies embracing the cloud-- big clouds, small ones, public, private, even hybrid. your data and apps must move
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as you know, from listening to the national conversation over the last several months, a failure to reach a deal on the deficit could cause the u.s. to default on its financial obligations for the first time in history. if you want to sound smart today tell your friends that the treasury department makes about one billion payments each year. social security, veterans benefits and medicare, medicaid and tax refunds. let's huddle up around the water cooler to give you the latest reason to vote for
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republican contender, herman kane. the man can sing, in 1996 he put out a gospel album called "sunday morning." this was not leaked by his campaign. this was dug up by the internet. listen to the pipes on herman kane. ♪ this is the day that the lord has made ♪ ♪ rejoice and be glad it is ♪ this is the day the lord has made ♪ ♪ god's been so good to me ♪ loosed my shackles and set me free ♪ ♪ precious lord ♪ you're the one that i build my life on ♪ ♪ you're my rock ♪ sunday morning ♪ sweet fellowship >> that's a fabulous singing voice. mr. herman kane. from "sunday morning." is reminds us, that not all
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politicians are blessed as herman contain. let's hear mr. john ashcroft for a moment. ♪ as the eagle soar ♪ like she's soared before ♪ from rocky coast to golden shore ♪ >> still ahead on "way too early," your unreasonable texts and emails are next. after your dishcloth? bounty extra soft can help. in this lab test bounty extra soft leaves this surface three times cleaner than a dishcloth. super clean. super soft. bounty extra soft. in the pink pack.
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number one story right now on msnbc.com is harry potter films were indeed magical. all right. rob gifford has answers to what you're doing. >> these are the magical emails today. andrew in fort polk, louisiana, writes 4:30 is the only time when it's not as oppressively hot as the seventh circle of hell. >> look how hot it's going to be across the country. it's already 101 in louisville. it's 5:30 in the morning. what is wrong with you? 101 in

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Way Too Early With Willie Geist
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